Sunday, September 24, 2006

Typical Tenenbaum, Etc.

Of course outgoing State Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum flatly refused to prioritize her multi-gazillion dollar agency spending plan at a budget hearing last week with Gov. Mark Sanford.

Does this really surprise anyone?

Having doubled the number of non-classroom bureaucrats making $50,000 or more at her Ministry of Monopolistic Moronisitude since taking office, how dare we assume there may be some fat we could trim to - we don't know - actually get more money to the classroom or something.

The lady who's doubled per pupil spending and yet continued to preside over the nation's worst school system is going out just like she came in eight years ago - sucking up hundreds of millions in new tax dollars every year while viciously attacking anybody who doesn't go along with her totalitarian sinkhole approach to government as being "anti-public education."

After nearly a decade of the most lavish spending increases in state history and nothing to show for it, all we can say about the Tenenbaum administration is thank God it's almost over.


South Carolina's resident Queen Bee of social conservatism recently took it upon herself to corner Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and grill him on his Mormon faith.

While we think Mosteller could have exercized a bit more discretion in her approach, the issue was bound to come up.

SCGOP Chairman Katon Dawson, perhaps sensing that the stock of his number one "Anybody But McCain" candidate (Virginia Sen. George Allen) is on the decline, was quick to ingratiate himself with Team Romney, calling Mosteller's questioning "in bad taste."

Forgetting for a moment the fact that Katon Dawson has as much business weighing in on matters of taste as Elizabeth Taylor does opening a marriage counseling center, we can see why ingratiating oneself with the Romney crowd would be appealing.

We'd campaign for Jesse Jackson if it meant we got to hang out with Leslie Gaines.


FITS used to get a lot of love from SC Hotline. It even got to the point where the sheer volume of posts that got picked up was starting to piss off Laurin Manning.

Thesedays, however, it's all Lindsey Graham, all the time.

Sadly, we view writing about Lindsey a lot like Justin Timberlake views paparazzi, or kids view vegetables, or Whitney Houston views a day without crack rock.

It's just not a prospect we relish.

Hey Hotline, it's 2006 - not 2008 - and our bet is Lindsey will be just as annoying this time next year.

In the meantime, we've got a great idea for interrogating terrorists - tell us what you know or you'll be forced to listen to Lindsey debate techniques for interrogating you while staring for hours at images from his GQ photo shoot.

Seriously, I bet if we tried that tomorrow we'd have Osama bin Laden by the end of the week!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey buddy, there WAS no Lindsay "photo shoot" for GQ.

2:50 PM

Blogger faithinsound said...

OK, buddy.

4:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wil, instead we could let Mosteller "in-terror-gate"... She was in the McCain camp in 2000 before his right to life position was well articulated.

4:03 PM

Blogger Palmetto Republican said...

In Cyndi Mosteller's Defense...


6:37 PM

Anonymous DemsinSouth said...

You should know better than most how hell-bent our governor is on dismantling public education. His backdoor voucher program would leech already tight funds from the coffers of public education, and posts like this only lend credence to those whose ultimate goal is the complete destruction of public education.

Inez's refusal to submit to the governor's most recent swipe at public education represents how meager her arsenal is to defend public education. She must thwart Sanford's actions, but has little capability with such a weak mandate from the legislature.

Your creative use of language and hyperbole would be entertaining if they weren't contributing to the rampant distortions and innacuracies propogated for far right wing interests.

I think South Carolina's "minimally adequate" standard for public education demonstrates just how little fat there is to trim. Even worse, how can you continue to pound away at government employees who earn $50,000 or more a year?

Only in fantasy land is that a lot of money, and how illogical to suggest that highly skilled and competent government employees don't deserve just compensation. I don't know how much you were paid by South Carolina taxpayers, but your replacement, Sanford's new spokesman Joel Sawyer, makes $53,560 a year.

Maybe we found some fat to trim afterall.

7:20 PM

Anonymous SC Hotline said...

I agree we will try to do better. But you have to admit that it was major news and we cover the major news of the day. Some weeks it is all Lindsey and some weeks it is all Faith in The Sound. :)

BTW, Exclusive for you. SC Hotline will be attending the
"Bowling for Bloggers Bonanza" let's make this a media event. I encourage you and every blogger to attend.

10:43 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you have six employees, and two make $55,000 a year, two make $49,995 a year, and two make $39,995 a year, what happens when you give everyone a $10 raise?

You double the number of employees making over $50,000 a year. Worse, you triple the number of employees earning over $40,000 a year.

It sounds dire (it's supposed to, at least) but you can pull the same 'logic' on every department that gives COLA.

Also, Mitt Romney has four wives, according to the latest push poll.

11:46 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cyndi's rant sounds like faith hate to me. If her inquiry into Romney's mormon religion was sincere she should have quietly researched the issues. Her public rant makes her look small and prejudicial. Her stature as Chair of the Charleston County Republican Party makes her hateful comments reflect poorly on all SC Republicans. I would hope that Cyndi is feeling very lonely right now because I can't believe that other Republicans in the state share her notions of acceptable and unacceptable religions within the party!

6:12 AM

Blogger SCPolitico said...

Dearest Dim in South,

It cost SC taxpayers twice the national average to put a plate of food in front of a student, get it? Unfortunately no you do not, because if you did you would realize that oh lets just say for example you could buy some laptops or raise the good teachers pay et cetera.

No your argument is based on the same tired premise that we should just throw more money at an SC educational institution completely out of control.

6:45 AM

Blogger JCallaway said...

How again does cutting the budget put more money in the classrooms?

8:36 AM

Blogger Laurin Manning said...

"Major news of the day" for sure, Jeffrey (scpolitico). Joshua Gross's blog post, "Senator Lindsey Graham's Folly" was published on Friday, September 22. Today is Monday, September 25. The headline is still running on SC Hotline. You should listen to Will. It was good advice.

12:28 PM

Anonymous DemsinSouth said...

I'd love to know how the education system itself is out of control in South Carolina. What is out of control is a legislature that sanctioned the spending of millions of dollars on a lawsuit defending a "minimally adequate" standard for public education.

No, I am not advocating throwing money at our school system, nor are most of my Democratic friends, but I would suggest that providing our state superintendent of education with sufficient resources is a base line responsibility of the legislature.

I don't know why food prices are out of control, but the "dim" logic that we should subsidize private schoolers boggles my mind. In fact, Mr. Folks suggestion that $50 grand a year amounts to a highly paid salary is surprising, given the broad support by conservatives for Floyd and Sanford's "Put Parents in Charge Act." That is a program that gives taxbreaks to South Carolinians earning OVER $50,000 a year to help send their children to private schools on the state's dime.

Destroying public education is no way to go about reforming it. If the already fortunate among us are rewarded for sending their kids to private schools, the consequences will be to resegregate our schools.

Think about it. If schools already strapped for resources are forced to accept greater funding cuts, how will the kids who remain in those public schools be treated.

By this standard, the promise of public education is little more than a lie.

12:33 PM

Blogger SCPolitico said...

Dim in South,

You are correct that 50k is peanuts and every teacher should be making at least that given they perform. We are not talking about food prices we are talking personnel and it takes twice as many to put a plate of food on the table, get it?

How about Clyburn's bridge over 277, how many meals, how many laptops, pay raises might that have provided?

6:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cindi Mosteller has the right to do whatever she damn well pleases and if Romney and the rest can't take the heat then they need to get out of the kitchen(or out of SC)
She is from Charleston, that's how she rolls and all we can say is - You Go Girl!

8:56 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon, Cyndi has a right to do many things. As a county party chair, she has a responsibility to be discreet and use good judgement. Pretty obviously she chose to flush President Reagan's eleventh commandment in her choice of venues for her inquisition.

I suspect this is but another log for the funeral pyre for her term as county chairwoman.

Also, she's from Mt Pleasant, part of the East Cooper Cabal that has held the Charleston County Party for a few decades now. She's no Mark Hartley.

9:35 AM

Anonymous some guy said...

Is Anonymous talking about school lunch? Where has it been documented that they cost 2x as much in SC as elsewhere? That's a new one to me....could be true, but I've just never heard a reference to that one before.

9:30 PM


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